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US President - Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has stood by his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower last year. He told Fox News a "wiretap covers a lot of different things" and hinted more could emerge in the coming weeks.

Geert Wilders, left, and Prime Minister Mark Rutte went head-to-head in televised debates

Voters are going to the polls in the Netherlands in the first of three crucial eurozone elections this year. The race is dominated by Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right party and that of Geert Wilders, running on an anti-immigration platform.

Iraqi forces now control eastern Mosul and more than a third of the west

Any so-called Islamic State (IS) fighters left in Mosul will die in the Iraqi city, a US envoy co-ordinating the offensive has said. Brett McGurk, the senior US official in the counter-IS coalition, issued the warning after Iraqi forces cut off the last road out of the city, trapping IS fighters inside.

Both as a candidate and as president, Donald Trump has launched repeated fusillades against firms that manufacture abroad, vowing to punish them with massive tariffs. But Ivanka Trump-branded clothes continue to be made in China. (AFP/File)

In his January inauguration speech, US President Donald Trump made a seemingly straightforward pledge: "We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American."

His daughter is the exception: even as he spoke, at least eight shipments of Ivanka Trump-branded shoes, bags and clothes -- more than 53.5 tonnes -- were steaming towards American ports from China, according to US Customs bills of lading examined by AFP.